I've been an employee at Project Renewal since July 2012, and in that time I've learned a great deal about the structural causes and personal consequences of homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness. Working here has inspired me to pursue an MSW with the goal to both provide clinical care to individuals battling these issues and to work on a larger scale to influence change in the policies and systems that contribute to problems such as a lack of affordable housing, mass incarceration, mental health problems and substance abuse that cause homelessness.
Project Renewal is an amazingly innovative organization that works to end the cycle of homelessness in NYC by providing health, homes and jobs to folks who have been temporarily beaten by the system. We believe that everyone deserves a place to call home, and we provide services to thousands of individuals each year.
I started running as a way to de-stress while I was serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, and since I returned to the states three years ago I've run in numerous races, including three half marathons and a triathlon. I'm so excited that my first marathon will not only be the NYC marathon but that I get to run to benefit an organization doing amazing work to help those most forgotten by our society. If you have the means I hope you'll consider contributing to this very deserving cause!
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